Multiple studies have found a connection between feelings of gratitude and overall happiness. In addition, kids who are grateful tend to be more optimistic, have (and give) more social support, be more engaged with school and activities, and be less depressed. We want ALL of this for our kids! Here are some ideas for how to instill a sense of gratitude in your kids:
1) Encourage them to say "thank you" on a regular basis. This may seem forced at first, but it creates a good habit, and a sense of connection between an act of kindness and appreciation. Make sure to point out when your child displays gratitude without your prompting.
2) Perform acts of kindness. There are so many things to be grateful for, and acts of kindness demonstrate appreciation for the world and other people.
3) Model gratitude. Our kids watch everything we do! So we need to say "thank you", express feelings of gratitude, and talk about the things we are grateful for.
4) During the months of November and December, we have a special Buy 1, Give 1 promotion! When you purchase a title from this category, we will donate a copy of the same book to First Book, our non-profit partner. Help your child select some books they would love and would like another child to love as well!
We can create a world of happy, grateful people! The future is ours to mold!